1. ITV Report

Thousands to march against Sidmouth housing redevelopment plans

'Save our Sidmouth" campaign group have put up placards around the town. Photo: ITV West Country

The 'Save our Sidmouth' campaign has sent out a rallying call to residents and anyone concerned about over-development in East Devon to join them on a march this Saturday.

They plan to head to the headquarters of the council at the Knowle. This is set in parkland which has also been earmarked for redevelopment.

The main council building could become a care home and housing would take over the grounds, some of which has been classed as 'affordable'.

This is a statement from the leader of East Devon District Council to the Save our Sidmouth campaign:

We are fully aware of the concerns that groups of residents have about individual sites and some of the broader proposals the Council has for the future of planning policy in the district.

In a democracy it is proper that people who feel strongly about an issue should be able to make peaceful protests in the form of marches or demonstrations.

The Council respects that right and welcomes the interest shown in planning matters by some sections of the community. However, we have to take a wider and more strategic view of planning to ensure that our District grows and flourishes in challenging times whilst staying in step with Government demands.

That is what we are doing and we are satisfied that we have given residents ample opportunity to influence our decisions through due process.

– Councillor Paul Diviani, Leader of EDDC

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